Sleek Makeup Spring/Summer colours

I was recently invited to Dublin by the lovely girls at The Publicity Loft to attend a Blogger Brunch to launch the new Sleek makeup Spring/Summer colours. The event itself was absolutely stunning and so colourful in true Sleek style. We went through a beautiful fresh look perfect for Spring with their fabulous makeup artist Warren and then got a chance to peruse all of the new products after an absolutely yummy brunch.

First up I’m going to show you the new shades in the Lip VIP range (€7.49). I’ll start this by saying that I’m already a huge fan of this lipstick formulation, I have been since I tried one going back nearly two years now, FYI, that one was a stunning nude called Private Booth and I’d highly recommend picking one up if you’re a nude lipstick fan but back to the point, sorry!!
The Spring/Summer shades are all about pops of colour and if you have been following me for any length of time you’ll know I do love a statement lip colour and my goodness these do not disappoint!!

“Name in Lights”

Next up-

“Steal the Limelight”

And finally-

“Ready to Rock”

Honestly when I saw these shades first I fell in love with Steal the Lime Light immediately and thought that it was going to be my favourite of the lot once I tried them on but I was surprised to see that it’s actually Ready to Rock that was my very favourite.  I love how vampy it looks!!

The Lip VIP lipsticks are semi-matte so don’t feel drying on the lips and although they’re not as long lasting as others I don’t mind that because they help to keep your lips in great condition.
Next up are the new shades of Matte Me lipsticks (6.99), now these are probably a little bit more daring than the Lip VIP ones but they’re so much fun and I can see these being used a lot throughout the festival period.

I’m going to start off by saying that I have tried other shades in the Matte Me range before and have had mixed experiences with them, I’m not sure if some colours just have more of a matte finish than others but for instance I loved “Shabby Chic” and found it very comfortable to wear, I didn’t have the same experience with “Birthday Suit” unfortunately. On saying that though, when trying these three on they felt comfortable at all times on my lips so maybe I just got unlucky with that one I tried and found too drying.
So back to the shades, firstly French Fancy, a colour that couldn’t be more me if it tried, it’s gorgeous, feels gorgeous, it’s bright pink, I love bright pink lipstick..tick..tick…tick!!!

“French Fancy”

Apricot Blooms surprised me a bit because I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did but it’s beautiful and is the most perfect shade for when you have a tan, absolutely ideal.

“Apricot Blooms”

Then finally Crushed Lavender, I wanted to love this but I thought it did nothing for me I’m just too pale. I think it would be the most gorgeous colour on somebody with darker skin than mine so on it’s own it’s just not for me. I am thinking of mixing it with a darker lip liner though and experimenting with it that way to come up with a shade that works better for my skin tone but for now it remains my least favourite of the six new shades.

“Crushed Lavender”

So that’s my round up of the new colours available from Sleek, what do you think? Do you have any favourites? Any of the colours in particular speak to you, let me know and as always if you’ve any other questions just let me know.
Just to say that these products were given to me in a goodie bag at an event but that doesn’t influence my opinion in any way. 

Blue Sky Tag- 11 Questions!!!!

So I’m really excited to be nominated to complete the Blue Sky Tag by the very lovely Nicole from Beauty and the Least. This is a great way of discovering more about the bloggers who’s blogs you follow and read all of the time and it’s also a little bit of fun.
I’m going to pop a link to Nicole’s answers here so you can learn more about her too and thank you so much for the nomination.

THE RULES!!

Thank the person who nominated you

Answer the 11 questions

Tag 11 people

Give them 11 questions to answer

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And so here are my answers to the questions she asked;

Q1. How long have you been blogging and what made you start?

Well my blog turns one on the 3rd of May which I’m very excited about. I can’t believe it’s been a whole year already. I’ve made so many new friends and have had so many incredible experiences in that year. I originally started the blog because for the previous three years I had been a SAHM to my twin girls and they were heading to pre-school that September so I was going to have a lot more time to myself  and so the blog was born. I had worked in the beauty industry for many years before that and still had such passion for it that I wanted an outlet to share it.

Q2. If you could start your own line, what would you sell?

Oh I love this question so much because when I day dream I’ve dreamt about being able to do this. It would have to be lipstick, I’m a makeup fanatic but lipstick is my absolute weakness. I’ve no idea how many lipsticks I own but I never get fed up of them and I know each and every one of them. Quite often when I’m doing my makeup I decide what lipstick I’m wearing first and incorporate the rest of my makeup look around that….Obsessed isn’t even the word!!

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Q3. What is your favourite Make up brand and why??

This is a tough one because I really am an equal opportunities consumer when it comes to buying make up, I love high end brands of course but I’m every bit as excited to buy high street if I’m honest. I think I’m going to say Urban Decay, I love this brand so much, I love their eyeshadow palettes, in fact I think they’re iconic when it comes to eyeshadow palettes. Their Naked Skin concealer is one of the best on the market, their collaborations are incredible, they launched 100 lipstick shades all at once, they’re cruelty free, they’re edgy and Ruby Rose is their brand ambassador. In short they tick all of my boxes and with the launch of their new skincare line imminent, I’m excited to see what the future holds for Urban Decay.

Q4. What is your dream job?

Currently I stay at home with my beautiful little girls until the time comes for them to go to school but if I was to get my dream job after that it would be working for a very makeup orientated beauty counter. I have worked as a Beauty Consultant most of my adult life but mostly for very skincare orientated companies, this time a company like Urban Decay or Benefit would be a dream come true.

Q5. Who is a woman who inspires you?

I would have to say Karen Geraghty. She is a fellow blogger over on Yankee Doodle Paddy she blogs about food, cooking and travelling mostly but everything she does is motivated by love. She is probably the most positive person I’ve ever encountered and not because she’s had an easy life or has no worries, she spreads her positive message regardless of the things she’s been through in her life. I came to know of her through her Snapchat blissbakery and then had the pleasure of meeting her at an event in Cork last year. She is so genuine, caring and has encouraged me at every turn. I will be forever grateful to her for the inspiration she has given me.

Q6. What is your all time favourite movie?

I’m not much of a movie person if I’m honest, it takes a lot to get me to the cinema in fact and usually what does that are Disney movies. Now that I have children of my own I have a “legitimate” reason to go to the cinema to see them lol!! I think because of this I’m going to pick a Disney movie as one of my all time favourites and that movie is Beauty and the Beast, it is just perfection.

Q7. Which celebrity would you say your style is most similar to?

I adore Gwen Stefani and I adore her style, she’s edgy and quirky and she loves print….as I do!! I’d like to think that my style is even remotely similar to hers but in fact I think the only similarity is is that we both wear a lot of Leopard Print lol!!!

Q8. What magazine(s) do you love?

Again I’m not much of a magazine reader if I’m honest but if I was to choose one it would either be Glamour or Look magazine.

Q9. Where is your favourite place you’ve ever traveled to?

I have been lucky to travel to many places all over the world but my most favourite place of all is actually one that’s quite a common holiday destination for sun worshipers. Lanzarote is my home away from home. I fell in love immediately with the island when I visited first in 2007, there was so much more to it than I had ever expected. A volcanic island with the most incredible landscape and stunning architecture and artwork dotted around it courtesy of the artist Cesar Manrique it honestly has something for everybody. For many years I used to travel to the island 2-3 times a year but unfortunately I’ve only been back there once since my children were born in 2013 but I know I’ll be there many times with them as they grow older, it truly has a piece of my heart.

Q10. What is your favourite part about blogging?

Hands down the people I’ve met. It has been so amazing meeting so many lovely, like minded people some of which I can genuinely now call friends. Being a stay at home Mum is brilliant but can be quite isolating especially if none of your friends are having the same experience at that time but blogging has made me feel relevant, it has helped me find my confidence and gives me an outlet to be Jo and not just Mum. I will be eternally grateful for all of the wonderful people it has brought into my life.

Q11. What is a brand that’s not really talked about a ton, that you love and wish your readers paid more attention to?

I think I’m going to say The Balm, in Ireland The Balm is really well known amongst Beauty Bloggers and Influencers but I still think people don’t know too much about it. It has become a little bit more mainstream this year with the introduction of counters in Debenhams stores across the country but they are stand alone counters, they don’t have consultants so I don’t people get to understand the full awesomeness of their products. Although it is a popular brand I do think it deserves more attention.

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QUESTIONS FOR THE BLOGGERS THAT I AM NOMINATING

Tell me your three desert island beauty products?

Tea or coffee?

Favourite current song?

What have you learned from blogging?

What’s one quote you live your life by?

Favourite budget brand?

What’s your favourite flower?

If you could live anywhere in the world where would you chose?

How would you spend your most perfect day?

What’s your favourite perfume?

Tell us one of your bad habits?

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 I NOMINATE

Putting It Out There

MamaVoom

Yankee Doodle Paddy

Rouge Writing Hood

Highstreet Beauty

SoSo Dempo

The Style Guide Blog

Passions and Preening

A Paler Shade of Beauty

Frilly Flossy

You Are My Sunshine

Benefit Miniatures 

A few weeks ago on my Facebook page here I told you about a fantastic offer I had seen on Benefit Miniatures. They had a fab stand in Boots Half Moon Street, Cork with a selection of some of their most popular products in miniature form. I think this is such a fantastic idea, especially if there’s a particular Benefit product you’ve been dying to try but don’t want to commit to the full size!!

Incredibly the offer is 4 for €20 and when you avail of this offer you also get a free Benefit washbag which is super cute.

Me being me I couldn’t leave an offer like that pass me by so off I went back into Half Moon Street last week to choose my goodies, this is what I got;

That Gal Brightening Face Primer

This is a bit of a “it does exactly what it says on the tin” kind of product,  it’s a primer that can be used on its own over moisturiser or under makeup. It has a lovely light pink colour to it and when you swatch it on your hand you can see the brightening effect it brings to the skin. The instructions suggest gently patting it on to the skin to help brighten up your complexion.

It’s Potent eye cream 

I decided to pick this one because it was used on me as part of a mini facial I had done in Ch Chemists Tralee see how I got on here Pamper Day in The Kingdom and I really loved it and Aoife who did my facial showed me one eye with and without the cream on a daily I genuinely noticed the difference!!

It’s essentially a brightening eye cream so it’s perfect for dark circles and I find it incredibly refreshing when I apply it. I’d highly recommend choosing this as one of your four!!

Posie Tint

This is the pink version of the very popular Benetint lip and cheek stain. A beautiful delicate baby pink/coral colour which in my opinion is a lot more wearable than the original. Gorgeous for summer, it’s best to put two or three strokes on the apples of each cheek and blend in with your fingertips. Use a patting motion rather than strokes because all you’ll do is wipe off the product if you wipe.

I’ve also seen suggestions of putting a few drops on a foundation brush and patting into the skin this way. Sounds like a good idea but I haven’t tried it that way yet.

Triple Performing Facial Emulsion 

This was another product I wanted to try because of my mini facial in Tralee. I think when you think about Benefit as a brand, skincare isn’t the first thing that springs to mind abut them. I was genuinely surprised how nice I found it and I was really interested in trying it again. I’m not going to lie and say that the cuteness of the packaging didn’t factor into my decision because seriously how cute is this bottle!!!

A perfect lightweight oil free moisturiser for combination skin with an SPF15. I really like the smell and texture of it and excited to use this size and see how I find it.


As I’ve mentioned these four cost me €20 but I did see a separate offer running on www.boots.ie too of 3 for €30 and that offer included They’re Real mascara and eyeliner, POREfessional primer and Hoola mini bronzer amongst others.